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Football: Carlo Ancelotti quotes

Five quotes about Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against holders Bayern Munich:

Football: Italy coach shows softer side in ethics clampdown

A hasty punch may have cost Mattia Destro his place in Italy's World Cup squad under coach Cesare Prandelli's code of ethics campaign. But then again maybe not. Prandelli, who comes across as a hard man for rules, remains a master of pragmatism in applying his code of conduct. Roma striker Destro scored a hat-trick against Cagliari but was then caught in a video playback punching opposing defender Davide Astori. He was suspended for three matches and missed Prandelli's fitness tests for 42 players last week.

Football: Berbatov brilliance inspires Monaco, Ajaccio relegated

Dimitar Berbatov's delightful goal gave Monaco a 1-0 win against Nice on Sunday to leave Paris Saint-Germain's title celebrations on ice while Ajaccio's relegation was confirmed with defeat at Bastia. Berbatov's nonchalant fifth-minute lob was the only goal of the Cote d'Azur derby at the Stade Louis II and the victory got Claudio Ranieri's side back on track after their shock exit from the French Cup to Guingamp at the semi-final stage on Wednesday.

Football: Croatian Livaja causes storm after insulting fans

Croatian striker Marko Livaja could be in a lot of trouble with his club Atalanta after insulting fans following his substitution in Saturday's Serie A 2-1 defeat at home to Verona. Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono replaced Livaja with Maxi Moralez seven minutes into the second half. The Croatian, who has scored just twice in Serie A this season, was subject to insults and jeers by some sections of the home crows and reacted angrily.

Football: Roma fail in appeal against Destro ban

Roma have seen their appeal to overturn a three-match ban inflicted on striker Mattia Destro turned down after the Italian federation upheld the punishment for catching an opponent in the face with his hand. The 23-year-old striker bagged a hat-trick during Roma's 3-1 win at Cagliari on April 6 but fell victim to trial by television following a request by the disciplinary commission of the federation.

Football: Hodgson fears Pirlo in Italy World Cup clash

England coach Roy Hodgson admitted Thursday that he fears the damage Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo could cause when the countries clash at the World Cup. "The player I fear the most? We respect everyone but if I have to name someone it would be Andrea Pirlo," said Hodgson in an interview with Mediaset. "Pirlo has played in Italy for 10 years. I coached him for six months (1998-1999 at Inter Milan). He has had an incredible career."

Football: No World Cup for Totti and fellow veterans - Prandelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Tuesday ruled veterans Francesco Totti, Luca Toni and Antonio Di Natale out of his World Cup squad for Brazil as he backed Giuseppe Rossi and a clutch of emerging younger players. Totti and Toni had notably harboured hopes of travelling to Brazil for what would have been a last World Cup hurrah -- Toni's dreams boosted by his 17-goal tally so far in Serie A this season.

Football: No need for Benitez advice on Benfica

Juventus coach Antonio Conte said he won't be turning to Napoli counterpart Rafael Benitez for useful tips on Portuguese sides ahead of the Bianconeri's upcoming Europa League semi-finals against Benfica. Juventus travel to a Benfica side which is on the verge of securing the Portuguese title for the first leg of their last four tie on April 24. Asked if he would be asking for advice from Benitez, whose side were ousted from the competition's last 16 by FC Porto, Conte told Sky Sport: "I don't think so, given their previous results against Portuguese teams.

Football: Giovinco, Llorente strike as Juve restore eight-point lead

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente scored his third goal in two games as Juventus restored their eight-point lead over Roma at the top of Italy's Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win away to Udinese on Monday. Roma kept their slim hopes of a first scudetto since 2001 alive with a 3-1 win at home to Atalanta on Saturday which reduced the gap to five points. But any thoughts Antonio Conte's men, beaten 2-0 away at Napoli two weeks ago, would suffer a slip-up at the Friuli Stadium were quashed inside the first half hour of a largely one-sided contest.

Football: Giovinco, Llorente strike as Juve restore eight-point lead

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente scored his third goal in two games as Juventus restored their eight-point lead over Roma at the top of Italy's Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win away to Udinese on Monday. Roma kept their slim hopes of a first scudetto since 2001 alive with a 3-1 win at home to Atalanta on Saturday which reduced the gap to five points. But any thoughts Antonio Conte's men, beaten 2-0 away at Napoli two weeks ago, would suffer a slip-up at the Friuli Stadium were quashed inside the first half hour of a largely one-sided contest.
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